How to get all 3 Pokemon Legends: Arceus starters quickly

By Steven Rondina


May 30, 2022

Reading time: 2 min

Players are used to settling for just one starter per playthrough, but is there any way to get all three starters in Pokemon Legends: Arceus? The good news is that there is a way to get Rowlet, Oshawott, and Cyndaquil in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, but the bad news is that it’s not particularly easy.

Making starters hard to come by is a hallmark of Pokemon. While this was originally done to encourage players to buy a second copy of the game, it now keeps players engaged beyond the game’s normal shelf life. Mystery gifts, Max Raid battles, and in-person events have all been used to give players access to all the starters.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a bit different. There are three different ways to catch the starters and one method for catching them in alpha form. Here’s how to do it.

Warning: Story spoilers ahead for Pokemon Legends: Arceus

How to get all the starters in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

The player can get all the starters in Pokemon Legends: Arceus by talking with Professor Laventon after capturing both Palkia and Dialga.

Players can effortlessly gain access to all three starters by simply beating the main portion of the story and speaking with Professor Laventon. After defeating both legendaries and starting the post-game, the player can get the two starters they didn’t choose by simply talking to the professor.

There are two other methods for getting the other starters.

After beating the game, players can get second copies of the Pokemon Legends: Arceus starters and possible shiny and alpha versions of the starters through space-time distortions. Oshawott, Dewott, and Samurott can appear in distortions in the Alabaster Icelands. Rowlet, Dartrix, and Decidueye all appear in the Coronet Highlands. Finally, Cyndaquil, Quilava, and Typhlosion can be found in Crimson Mirelands space-time distortions.

The other method for getting all three starters is using Pokemon HOME. With the release of Pokemon HOME 2.0.0, players can import starters from other games. They can also get special event versions of the starters by moving a Pokemon from Legends: Arceus into HOME.

Worth noting is that a Pokemon HOME transfer is the best way to finish the Pokedex for any player that evolved their starter before completing their entry. Catching starters via space-time distortion is possible, but is up to RNG. Players also can’t encounter them until after beating the game, making HOME the best option for those who want them quickly.